Supporting women - conference programme

National conference that will share gendered multi-agency approaches to providing holistic support to women.

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10.00 - 11.00    Opening plenary: supporting women experiencing homelessness

  • Chair: Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy & Communications, Homeless Link
  • Mrs Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (invited)
  • Kaveri Sharma, Director, London Black Womens Project (invited)
  • Katie Ghose, Chief Executive, Women's Aid (invited)   

Questions and answers            

11.00 - 11.15    Coffee break  

11.15 - 12.15    Masterclass series I           

  • Supporting longer-term female rough sleepers: a panel discussion
  • Working in collaboration with Local Authorities to provide different models of housing and support for homeless women at risk of homelessness due to violence or abuse
  • Exploring gender differences in experiences of trauma and how this impacts on how women seek support and help
  • Women, Violence and Immigration Control: a model practice of working to support marginalised, destitute women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • How can social investment be used to improve outcomes for vulnerable women?

12.15 - 12.20    Switch over

12.20 - 13.20    Masterclass series II

  • Implementing a gender informed Housing First service: improving outcomes for homeless women  
  • Nowhere to turn: survivors experiences of fleeing domestic abuse
  • Housing Sex Working Women with Multiple and Complex Needs
  • Responding to the complexity of homeless relationships through a partnership between the homelessness sector and women’s services
  • Designing, delivering and commissioning cross sector partnerships: a collaborative approach to reaching women experiencing multiple disadvantage, violence and abuse

13.20 - 14.10    Lunch     

14.10 - 15.10    Masterclass series III

  • Women’s Health and  rough sleeping; delivering support and healthcare to women sleeping on the streets 
  • Abuse and homelessness: supporting women experiencing  homelessness who have also experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, domestic abuse
  • Identifying victims of modern slavery amongst homeless women and understanding how to intervene to protect them
  • Providing co-ordinated, gender informed services to support women facing multiple needs
  • Prison to home: resettling women offenders

15.10 - 15.25    Coffee break

15.25 - 16.25    Closing panel: how to create systems change to improve the situation for women experiencing homelessness

  • Chair: Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy & Communications, Homeless Link
  • Jemima Olchawski, Chief Executive, AGENDA
  • Anne Fox, Chief Executive, Clinks
  • Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (invited)
  • Laura Furness, Head of Funding, Big Lottery Fund

16.30                Close of conference